'Vortigern King of Britain espouses Rowena a Saxon Lady...', mid 18th century. Creator: Unknown
'Vortigern King of Britain espouses Rowena a Saxon Lady, which occasioned the Settlement of the Saxons in Britain', mid 18th century. King Vortigern offers wine to Rowena at al fresco wedding feast. Rowena is depicted in British legends as the daughter of the Anglo-Saxon chief Hengist and a wife of Vortigern, 5th century warlord and possibly a king of the Britons. Rowena is presented as a beautiful femme fatale, who won her people the Kingdom of Kent through her treacherous seduction of Vortigern.
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'The Midwinter's Day Feast', June 1908, (1909). Artist: Unknown
'The Midwinter's Day Feast', June 1908, (1909). The midwinter feast at the Nimrod Hut, Cape Royds. Ernest Shackleton is at the head of the table. On the left side are Armytage, Brocklehurst, Marston, Day, Adams and Marshall; on the right, Roberts, Mackay, Murray, Wild, Joyce, Mawson. Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) made three expeditions to the Antarctic. During the second expedition, 1907-1909, he and three companions established a new record, Farthest South latitude at 88°S, only 97 geographical miles (112 statute miles, or 180 km) from the South Pole, the largest advance to the pole in exploration history. Members of his team also climbed Mount Erebus, the most active volcano in the Antarctic. Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII for these achievements. He died during his third and last 'oceanographic and sub-antarctic' expedition, aged 47. Illustration from The Heart of the Antarctic, Vol. I, by E. H. Shackleton, C.V.O. [William Heinemann, London, 1909]
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'Lord Mayor's feast at Guildhall, 1786, no dinner - no ball', 1786. Artist: Anon
'Lord Mayor's feast at Guildhall, 1786, no dinner - no ball', 1786. London aldermen around and on an empty table. Alluding to the death of Amelia, aunt of George III. The grief of the party appears to relate to their empty stomachs rather than to the royal bereavement.
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